Talking about “Making Your Place”

CITIES ARE GREATER THAN THE AMALGAMATION OF INDIVIDUALS THAT LOCATE WITHIN THEM. INDIVIDUALS HELP TO MAKE THE CITY, CASTING THEIR LEGACY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, IN THEIR PATTERNS OF DAILY LIFE, IN REPRESENTATIONS, AND IN THE RELATIONSHIPS THEY MAKE. PLACES ARE MADE WHERE LIVES UNFOLD IN THE CONTEXT OF OTHERS. COMMUNITIES REQUIRE PARTICIPATION.

THIS PROJECT WILL BE LAUNCHED IN PORTLAND, OREGON IN 2010. FROM THERE IT IS INTENDED TO CIRCULATE THROUGH CITIES ACROSS THE WORLD.

A. HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR PLACE? HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR CITY/COMMUNITY?

HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR PLACE IN THE ACTIVITIES OF YOUR DAILY LIFE? HOW IS YOUR ‘PLACE’ IN YOUR COMMUNITY REPRESENTED? HOW IS YOUR PLACE BUILT (OR UN-BUILT) INTO THE CITY? HOW ARE YOU EXPRESSED IN THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT YOU CREATE (OR DESTROY)? HOW IS YOUR PLACE/CITY/COMMUNITY CHANGED BY YOUR PRESENCE WITHIN IT?
B. HOW IS YOUR CITY MADE BETTER?

WHAT ARE THE GOOD THINGS ABOUT YOUR CITY/COMMUNITY? WHAT SPACES OR PLACES DO YOU GO TO? WHO IS THERE? WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? HOW WOULD YOU MAKE YOUR CITY BETTER? WHO MAKES YOUR CITY BETTER? WHAT PLACES IN THE CITY MAKE THE CITY BETTER?
C. HOW IS YOUR CITY MADE WORSE?

WHAT ARE THE BAD THINGS ABOUT YOUR CITY/COMMUNITY? WHAT SPACES OR PLACES TO YOU AVOID? WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE? WHO IS THERE?
SEND PHOTOS TO: PHOTOS@MAKINGYOURPLACE.COM

a new web based project as part of Open Engagement in Portland Oregon May 2010

By Amelia Winger-Bearskin

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